SEA Games: Coach wants to see more from Perlas

first_imgPerlas Pilipinas head coach Pat Aquino. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas came away with an 88-54 rout of Singapore, but head coach Pat Aquino was still not happy about it.Aquino felt the Philippine women’s team needed to play with more discipline and hard work despite the team applying full-court pressure all throughout the game and converting baskets in the open floor.ADVERTISEMENT “I told them that we need to defend very well so we can execute our offense well,” Aquino said of his team’s opening day win in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games here.He singled out Afril Bernardino, the towering forward, who topscored with 16 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“She really came out to play tonight, in the Fiba-Asia she was missing but tonight she deserved being the top scorer,” added Aquino.Providing help was Janine Pontejos and Camille Sambile who had 13 and 10 points, respectively. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “We have a gruelling schedule so we need to be on our feet always,” said Aquino.Perlas plays Indonesia on Monday. Neymar slams Barca bosses after PSG home debut Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Chooks-to-Go falls to Petrochimi, faces Blatche-led China in QF

first_imgMOST READ View comments Warren unfurled 12 of his 30 points in the killer second quarter, while Sajjad Mashayekhi got 15 markers, six rebounds, and five dimes.Behnam Yakhchali also chimed in 12 markers, six boards, and three assists, while national team veteran Arsalan Kazemi contributed nine markers and 18 rebounds in the resounding win.The Scores:PETROCHIMI 87 – Warren 30, Mashayekhi 15, Yakhchali 12, Kazemi 9, Davarpanah 8, Niktash 5, Zakeri 4, Mirzaeitalarposhti 2, Sahakian 2, Bahramzad 0.CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 66 – Austin 20, Ravena 20, Torres 9, Jero. Teng 5, Revilla 4, Manuel 3, Jeri. Teng 3, Vosotros 2, Cruz 0, Jose 0, Tamsi 0.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isaiah Austin paced Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks, while Ravena got 20 markers, five boards, and three assists in the defeat.Norbert Torres added nine points and four rebounds for the Filipinos, who failed to sustain their hot shooting from their game against Mono Vampire last Sunday and only drilled four of their 19 shots from three this time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChooks-to-Go lost hold of the game in the second quarter when Willie Warren anchored Petrochimi’s 27-point outburst to grab a 43-29 halftime lead that ballooned to as high as 21, 57-36, with 3:57 left in the third frame.Austin and Ravena kept the fight going for Chooks, cutting the deficit to as low as 10, 66-56, with 6:54 remaining in the game, but the Iranians answered with a 14-0 blast to regain the 24-point advantage, 80-56 with 3:36 remaining capped off by a pair of free throws from Saeid Davarpanah. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Quarters: 16-14, 43-29, 61-45, 87-66. Isaiah Austin. Photo from Fiba.comWith its Iranian foes imposing their height advantage, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas fell to Petrochimi, 87-66, Tuesday in the 2017 Fiba Champions Cup at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhou, China.The Philippines dropped to 2-2 at third place in Group A, putting them in a collision course against Andray Blatche and his Chinese ballclub Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the quarterfinals on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Star ousts NLEX, enters semis Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Warriors’ Klay Thompson ‘aspires’ to create dynasty like Michael Jordan’s Bulls

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next With the likes of superstars Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all in one team, it’s not hard to envision the Bay Area franchise to win its third championship in four years.In a recent interview with ESPN’s Nick Friedell, the Dubs’ sweet-stroking shooting guard Thompson couldn’t help but compare his squad to perhaps the greatest dynasty the league has ever seen, the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls of the ’90s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“What’s that, six championships in eight years?” he said. “So we’re, what, like only a third of the way there? I think it’s close. We still have a long way to go, but I do see the fandom, the fanfare like the Bulls had in the ’90s.The Warriors, of course, are no strangers to eclipsing the Bulls’ historic records, having topped the team’s 72-win regular season in 2016. Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, California.  AP PHOTO/Marcio Jose SanchezThe seemingly overpowered roster of the Golden State Warriors is once again primed to repeat as champion in the upcoming NBA season and could very well be on its way to establishing a dynasty.READ: NBA: Warriors to repeat as champs, LeBron to win MVP, GM survey saysADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It was cool a couple years ago when we were chasing that 73-win season,” Thompson recalled. “Just being compared to that team is an honor. There’s definitely motivation. I would love to match up, play against Michael Jordan. That would be a dream. Obviously we don’t have a time machine, but that would be pretty special to see that. There’s definitely motivation to leave that type of legacy.”But despite their historic regular season run that year, the team failed to capture the Larry O’ Brien trophy after squandering a 3-1 series lead  against the Cleveland Cavaliers.Still, the 27-year-old dead shot believes his current team is still the closest comparison to Jordan’s Bulls team.“Every time the Bulls came to town that was the ticket of the year. Now it’s when the Warriors come to town, that’s the must-see game,” he explained. “And we don’t take that for granted; that’s such a cool position to be in. We rarely play in front of a crowd that’s not sold out. That’s so special. It’s hard to really grasp that as a player. So I think it’s close, I still think we’re not on their level yet, but that’s what we aspire to be of the 2000s. We aspire to be that dynasty that will be in the minds of NBA fans forever.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Rest: Frowned upon when NBA games count, not in preseason LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Bunker Prices Affect HapagLloyds Result

first_imgzoom German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd finished the first three months of the current financial year with a positive operating result, in spite of higher bunker prices.Although the company’s EBITDA improved by 6.4% to EUR 131.3 million from last year’s EUR 123.4 million, Hapag-Lloyd informed that its net loss widened to EUR -62.1 million from EUR -42.8 million seen in the same quarter in 2016.Hapag-Lloyd said that the first-quarter result “was noticeably affected by ongoing bunker price increases.” At 313 USD/tonne, the average bunker price was clearly above the previous year’s figure of 197 USD/tonne, representing the highest level seen since June 2015.The transport volume increased by 6.8% year-on-year to more than 1.9 million TEU from 1.8 million TEU handled in the same period a year earlier. While the average freight rate was USD 20 lower than in the first quarter of the previous year at 1,047 USD/TEU, there were further signs of a slight upward curve compared with the past quarters, according to the company.The greater transport volume and exchange rate effects pushed revenue up by 10.4% to EUR 2.13 billion from EUR 1.93 billion seen in the corresponding period in 2016.Rate increases were introduced in a number of trades even though the industry environment remains challenging, but these rate increases “are only going to have an impact on the company’s result later in the year,” Hapag-Lloyd said.“Our activities in the first quarter focused on preparations for the merger with UASC and on the launch of our new alliance. The launch of the THE Alliance went well, and the merger with UASC will be closed shortly,” Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG, said.“After the closing our priority will be to integrate UASC into Hapag-Lloyd quickly and to realize initial synergies from the merger,” Jansen added.The merger with the Arabian liner shipping company is expected to generate annual savings of USD 435 million from 2019 onwards, with a large proportion of this already to be achieved in 2018, according to the company.last_img read more

Trudeau government announces 14B in new funding for First Nation child welfare

first_imgAPTN NewsFirst Nation child welfare services will see nearly $1.4 billion in additional funding over the next five years according to the 2018 federal budget released Tuesday in Ottawa.Exactly how it will be allocated is not clear, as the budget is thin on details, but it’s geared towards on-reserve services.An immediate influx of $70 million will be available until the end of April, followed by annual increases between $265-295 million.It will mean the total amount Ottawa funds for on-reserve child welfare services will jump from nearly $890 million in the 2017-2018 fiscal year to about $1.12 billion allocated in 2022.The budget mentions this is part of the government’s goal of meeting demands from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that ruled in 2016 that the feds have chronically underfunded First Nations child welfare services.Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in his House of Commons speech Tuesday that investments “will give better child and family service support, with a special focus on prevention, so that Indigenous children are not taken from their families and their communities.”The investment in child welfare is part of nearly $5 billion in new funding from the Trudeau government in the 2018 budget.New money is being put into several areas, including drinking water, housing and health. Self-determination programs alone will net more than $600 million over the next five years.That includes $51.4 million in the next two years for the federal government to support “Indigenous participation” at the so-called self-determination discussion tables.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new legal framework for Indigenous people about two weeks ago that is supposed to lead to self-determination and the “full and meaningful” implementation of treaties and agreements.The minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations will lead “national engagement activities” throughout the spring to determine the contents of the new framework. The government hopes to have it introduced later this year and implemented by October 2019.“This budget invests in new tools to help nations rebuild, and to accelerate self-determination and self-government based on recognition of Indigenous rights, so that our shared future is one where Indigenous peoples are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about their future,” said Morneau.There is new money for housing but a closer look at the budget shows the money announced in Tuesday’s budget is mostly from the previous year.Of the $1.5 billion to be spent over the next 10 years, divided up among First Nation, Inuit and Metis, all but $300 million of that comes from the 2017 budget as part of the $4 billion allocated for infrastructure.It’s just now finally being allocated.Housing critics have long said tens of billions are needed to fix the housing crisis in Indigenous communities across the country.One interesting aspect of the budget is the “distinctions-based approach” for Inuit and Metis, as well as First Nations.Through negotiations with Metis National Council, the Trudeau government has allocated $516 million over 10 years, with almost all of that going to housing. The remaining is $10 million for post-secondary education in 2018 and another $6 million for developing a health strategy.Through discussions with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the federal government is funding $27. 5 million over five years to support ITK’s Inuit-specific approach to eradicate tuberculosis. As well, another $82 million for creating a permanent Inuit Health Survey.There is also a distinctions-based approach when it comes to employment with the rebranding of the former Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Program.Nearly $2 billion will be invested in the new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program over the next five years. Nearly $440 million of that is new funding.Metis National Council will receive $325 million, Inuit get $161 million, urban groups (non-status) will get $213 million as part of the program.The rest goes to First Nations.There also appears to be significant investments in First Nations health. Nearly $1.5 billion will be divided among areas, such as nursing stations, addiction programs and expanding “successful models” of self-determination of health services.The budget also earmarks an additional $172 million over the next three years for drinking water. That’s in addition to $1.8 billion announced in the 2016 budget for drinking water.The new funding is supposed to speed up construction and renovate existing water systems.“We have already lifted 52 long-term boil water advisories and are on track to have all others eliminated by March 2021,” said Morneau.There was no new funding for First Nations education from kindergarten to Grade 12.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Via Rail wont require minimum Canadian content for its new trains

first_imgMONTREAL – Via Rail won’t establish minimum content requirements for the new trains it plans to order for Canada’s main railway corridor that transports millions of passengers annually.“As Via Rail is a Crown corporation, the procurement process must be compliant with laws and international treaties,” spokeswoman Mylene Belanger wrote in an email.The national passenger service said Monday that it will launch a request for qualifications, followed by a request for proposals that will take about a year to complete.Via said it expects the 32 new trains that will run between Quebec City and Windsor will maintain capacity for 9,100 seats. The first trains are scheduled to enter into service in early 2022, with the remainder delivered two years later.Belanger said the railway plans to conduct a “fair, open and transparent bidding structure process” accessible to all qualified companies. An independent fairness monitor will follow the procurement process.Long-term maintenance over the next 30 years will be completed in Canada.The lack of minimum content levels recently ruffled some feathers, especially with Bombardier workers, when the Caisse de depot awarded the rolling stock contract for its $6.3-billion electric train project in Montreal to a consortium involving Alstom Transport Canada and a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin.A spokesman for Bombardier Inc.’s railway division called the Via Rail project interesting.“The idea that the government wants to introduce elements that will allow this contract to take into account future electrification brings the Bombardier portfolio to the fore,” Jacques Tetrault said in an interview.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced funding Monday included in the recent budget to help Via Rail which he said has been playing an important role for decades in the lives of Canadians that rely on the train.He said the government has no choice but to have an open bidding process to anyone around the world.“I hope that there will be local content but we will conform to rules that guide us regarding international commerce,” he said in Ottawa.About 94 per cent of the nearly four million passengers Via Rail carries annually travel on the Quebec City to Windsor corridor.Via Rail declined to put an estimate on the required funding to replace its fleet but published reports have pegged the amount at up to $1.5 billion.The trains promise to reduce environmental emissions with more fuel-efficient engines, enhance accessibility for visually, hearing and physically impaired passengers and improve on-time performance from reduced mechanical breakdowns.The diesel engines will be able to operate on electricity as the infrastructure becomes available.Via Rail president Yves Desjardins-Siciliano said the funding will improve service by ensuring uninterrupted access along the busy rail corridor.“A new modern fleet will provide our travellers with safer, faster, more frequent, more accessible and environmentally friendlier service,” he said.Some of the old railway cars will be modernized and deployed on transcontinental and regional routes, while others would be sold or recycled, said Belanger.Ottawa also earmarked $8 million for Transport Canada to conduct economic analysis on a proposed high-frequency rail project between Quebec City and Toronto that would operate on dedicated tracks.Federal funding would also be used to explore the potential role for the Canada Infrastructure Bank in the project.Via Rail was created by the federal government in 1977 to take over intercity passenger service provided by Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway.The company has struggled in the past after being forced to cut staffing and reduce service when its operating funding was slashed in half in 1990.A decade later, the government provided $402 million five years to purchase new cars.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR, TSX:CP, TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

High court seems likely to side with Merck in Fosamax case

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seems likely to side with drugmaker Merck in a dispute over the warning label on its bone-strengthening drug Fosamax.During arguments Monday in a lawsuit against the New Jersey-based company, only two justices seemed inclined to rule against Merck. A trial court initially threw out claims against Merck. An appeals court revived them.The case before the Supreme Court involves hundreds of people who sued Merck, alleging they were injured by Fosamax. They say they suffered Fosamax-related thigh-bone fractures and that Merck failed to provide adequate warnings on the drug’s label.Merck says the Food and Drug Administration rejected its warning attempt because the FDA believed available data didn’t initially support one.Fosamax is prescribed to prevent and treat osteoporosis in women who have gone through menopause.The Associated Presslast_img read more

NFL Week 12 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Matt Cassel (Kansas City): One quarterback not getting the respect he deserves is Cassel, who has thrown for 18 touchdowns versus four interceptions. Much of that production is because of Dwayne Bowe’s emergence as a solid wide receiver. Either way, Cassel has a nice matchup against Seattle, which ranks in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez (New York): Last week, Sanchez, battling a calf injury, threw for 315 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against Houston. That performance gives Sanchez three straight weeks with at least 27 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. Consider Sanchez a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback against a Bengals defense that got torched by the Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick to the tune of 316 yards and four touchdowns last week. Mike Tolbert (San Diego): Tolbert continued his breakout 2010 season with an impressive performance Monday night against Denver, with 111 rushing yards with a touchdown. Look for similar numbers against a Colts run defense that allows the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Darren McFadden (Oakland): McFadden has been quiet the last two weeks, totaling 103 rushing yards with zero touchdowns. Granted, Week 11 was against Pittsburgh. McFadden should return to form against a Dolphins’ defense that allows 113 rushing yards per game. Based on the matchup, McFadden is a low-end No. 1 running back. Steve Johnson (Buffalo): Like Tolbert, Johnson is having a breakout 2010 season, with 728 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Although Johnson faces the Steelers, he is a must-start from now on. The Steelers rank 22nd in pass defense and have allowed five passing touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in their past five games. So, Steve Johnson, “Why So Serious?” Vincent Jackson (San Diego): Jackson is back after serving a three-game suspension and signing his contract late. This is great timing because Patrick Crayton (wrist) is out, Antonio Gates is still battling a foot injury, and Malcom Floyd tweaked his hamstring. Jackson will benefit by having the league’s leading passer in Philip Rivers and going against a Colts defense allowing 208 passing yards per game. Bench ‘Em David Garrard (Jacksonville): Garrard looked terrible last week, with 254 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Jaguars’ offense will stall a little with Mike Sims-Walker out. This week, Garrard faces a Giants defense that allowing 14 fantasy points per week. Fred Jackson (Buffalo): Jackson has been solid in his past three games, with four touchdowns and back-to-back 100-yard games. This week, he faces a Steelers defense allowing 63 rushing yards per game and a total of four touchdowns on the ground. Only the Patriots’ BenJarvus Green-Ellis has managed to go over 50 rushing yards against the Steelers. Look for other options at the running back position this week. Beanie Wells (Arizona): Wells had eight carries for 39 yards last week against Kansas City. Wells’ knee continues to be a burden and the Cardinals continue to use a two-back system. In Week 12, Wells faces a Niners defense that ranks ninth in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Brandon Marshall (Miami): It’s unclear if Marshall will play this week against Oakland (top five pass defense) because of a hamstring injury. Marshall hasn’t recorded double-digit fantasy points in standard leagues since Week 6. The Dolphins’ offense is a mess, led by quarterback Tyler Thigpen. Keep Marshall on your bench and hope he’s ready for the playoffs. Johnny Knox (Chicago): Knox continues to be Cutler’s favorite target, with five catches for 55 yards on eight targets last week. But the attention hasn’t translated to fantasy production. The yards are there but the touchdowns are not (one for the year). Expect corner Asante Samuel, who leads the NFL with seven interceptions, to be defending Knox, who is more of a flex option against the Eagles. read more

EverBank Field Rating the sight of the Gator Bowl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It wasn’t the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and it wasn’t the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., but the EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., site of the 2012 Gator Bowl, was the best bowl game location Ohio State football could do this season. The stadium, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, holds more than 77,000 fans and was home of Super Bowl XXXIX between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. The mostly-full stadium held 61,312 fans for Monday’s Gator Bowl, and The Lantern was there to cover the game, and rate the quality of the venue. Here is our rating of EverBank Field, should Buckeyes, Browns or Bengals fans find themselves there in the future. All categories were rated on a five-point scale, with a five being the highest. Sight lines/seating: One of the most important factors when shelling out big bucks for an NFL game or a college football bowl game is your proximity to the field and the sight lines. Luckily for those in attendance for Monday’s Gator Bowl, the Buckeyes’ and Gators’ sideline areas were narrow. The front row of seats was quite close to the playing surface. The stadium was not particularly tall, and the higher the row you sat in, the farther you were from the action, kind of like the Rose Bowl. Upper deck seats might not have been the best vantage point, but the expansive lower bowl would be well worth the price of admission. Lantern rating: 2 Access to stadium/location: Though the stadium wasn’t at full capacity, traffic to the game was manageable — a 15-minute cab ride from downtown Jacksonville. Public transit is an option, as is an elevated, light-rail train that runs right past the stadium. Very convenient. The stadium location is also quite nice. The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home of the Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, is a beautiful, red-brick ball field adjacent to EverBank Field. Lastly, and perhaps best of all, the stadium is located on the banks of the St. Johns River, which makes for a picturesque scene. Lantern rating: 4 Aesthetics of the stadium: EverBank Field is comprised mostly of large concrete ramps that run up to the upper levels of the stadium. It isn’t very colorful or particularly eye-grabbing. The open-air facility was very open indeed, and probably not conducive to allowing crowd noise to reverberate and bother the team you’re rooting against. Lantern rating: 1 Gameday atmosphere: There was a large tailgate party situated on a lawn outside of the stadium. Hundreds of fans attended, ate, drank and watched college football on a jumbo-sized television screen. The cost of admission to the tailgate was $10, but your “ticket” to enter was the official Gator Bowl patch — worn by both teams during the game — attached to a lanyard. The patch was a fine souvenir and the tailgate grounds gave fans the opportunity to meet and get pumped for the game. Lantern rating: 4.5 To visit or not to visit: All categories considered, EverBank Field garnered a 2.875. A trip to EverBank Field, which was built in 1995, could be justified for a college football bowl game. A trip to see the Jaguars, which finished the 2011 season with a 5-11 record, though? Probably not. read more

Digne undergoing Everton medical

first_imgLucas Digne is undergoing a medical at Everton’s training base ahead of his transfer move from FC Barcelona.The French left-back is closing on a £20million move to the Toffees after both clubs agreed on a transfer fee on Sunday night. Digne arrived on Merseyside on Monday as he seeks to get his career back on track at Everton after spending the last few years as second fiddle to Jordi Alba in Barcelona.The former Paris Saint-Germain defender was previously on tour with the Spanish champions in the United States and was an unused substitute during their penalty shoot-out win over Tottenham Hotspur.The Catalan club confirmed Digne’s departure on social media, according to Sky Sports:“Digne has traveled back to Barcelona with the club’s permission to finalise his departure from the club.”The former Lille man paid tribute to the Catalan club on Instagram, saying:David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“I want to say thank you very much to the club and everyone associated with the club.”“Thanks to the players, the staff, the physios and everyone that makes the club a family,”Digne made 46 appearances for Barcelona since joining from PSG two years ago and was also a part of France’s 23 man squad to the UEFA European Championships in France.The left-back missed out on the chance to play in the World Cup after he was dropped from the team due to lack of appearances at club level for Barcelona.Digne becomes new manager Marco Silva’s second summer signing after Brazilian winger Richarlison signed for the club last week from Watford.last_img read more

GOP donation complaint under review

first_imgFollowing a delay, the state Public Disclosure Commission is back to processing a complaint filed against Clark County Commissioner David Madore and developer Clyde Holland, which alleges the two illegally earmarked money contributed to the state Republican Party for commissioner candidate Jeanne Stewart’s campaign.Former state Sen. Al Bauer filed the complaint in October after Stewart’s campaign received $89,000 in contributions from the state GOP. The complaint alleges that contributions Madore and Holland made to the state party, totaling $115,000, were earmarked for Stewart’s campaign in violation of finance laws.Madore has denied earmarking the money. And Stewart has said that the $89,000 she received from the party — the highest dollar amount the Republicans spent on any local candidate during the election — came as a surprise.The PDC delayed processing Bauer’s complaint until this week because the former state lawmaker failed to sign the oath at the bottom of the form. Bauer returned the form with the proper signature. The Public Disclosure Commission now expects to determine whether Bauer’s claims have merit.Bauer and other Democrats have argued that the state parties show little financial interest in local races unless directed by contributors to do so.last_img read more

Vijay Mallya laundered Rs 500 crore of Rs 900 crore IDBI loan

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Are bad times awaiting the “King of good times”?center_img The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in its affidavit filed in a UK court has claimed that Vijay Mallya — who was arrested on Tuesday in London — had laundered around Rs 500 crore of the Rs 900 crore loan he took from IDBI Bank in India.According to the economic intelligence agency, Mallya diverted the loan money to at least seven countries, including the US, the UK, France, Switzerland and Ireland. The affidavit provides complete money-trail details.The affidavit suggests that he used several shell companies and some of his legitimate companies besides Kingfisher Airlines to divert the money by generating fake invoices or through over-invoicing of products, the Times of India reported.Not just that, but Mallya had also appointed dummy directors in the shell companies, while he would control and look after any business-related fund transfers.In addition to the probe, Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has found that the current residence of Mallya in London known as the Lady Walk was bought using money he borrowed from the Indian banks and then routed through companies located in the UK.The SFO has shared the details with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), according to a report by India Today.According to an official, the prosecutors in London now have everything they need to prove criminality of Vijay Mallya.”Now, our extradition case will be heard along with CBI’s extradition proceedings in the Westminster court in December,” said an ED officer.Extradition is the act by one jurisdiction of delivering a person who has been accused of committing a crime in another jurisdiction. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) takes up extradition requests with the concerned foreign countries when a request for extradition is received from the relevant law enforcement agencies in India.Reports last month suggested both the CBI and the ED believed Mallya had diverted most of the Rs 6,000 crore borrowed from banks to shell companies.Both agencies said evidence gathered would strengthen their case for Mallya’s extradition from the UK.The nation’s biggest public sector bank, the State Bank of India, is the leader of the consortium of 17 banks to whom Mallya owes over Rs 9,000 crore.Liquor baron Mallya had left the country in March 2016 after public sector banks claimed he was a loan defaulter and owed an estimated amount of Rs 9,091 crore. They had also approached the Debt Recovery Tribunal. In picture: Vijay Mallya.ReutersMallya was arrested in London on Tuesday, but was granted bail shortly after being produced before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a hearing.”I deny all allegations that have been made and I will continue to deny them. I have not eluded any court. I’ve given enough evidence to prove my case,” Mallya said outside the court after the hearing.Mallya, who was also a member of the Rajya Sabha, left the Indian shores about six days before the banks approached the court.The fight between Mallya and the CBI and ED is expected to get intense in the future and bringing him back could be a tough job. Both the agencies are, however, hoping they will get him in the December 4 hearing.last_img read more

Democrats capture US House majority

first_imgAlissa Mauk and her son, Lyric, 8, look on at Democratic US Senator Heidi Heitkamp`s midterm election night party in West Fargo, North Dakota, US on 6 November. Photo: ReutersDemocrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with president Donald Trump to win control of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday where they will seek to keep his agenda in check and open his administration to intense scrutiny.In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans were set to maintain their majority in the US Senate following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.With a House majority, Democrats will have the power to investigate Trump’s tax returns and possible conflicts of interest, and challenge his overtures to Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea.They also could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.S&P equity index futures erased most of their gains on expectations Democrats would seize the House.A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. But Congress could not remove him from office without a conviction by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate.Democrats in the House could be banking on launching an investigation using the results of US special counsel Robert Mueller’s already 18-month-old probe of allegations of Russian interference on Trump’s behalf in the 2016 presidential election. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.Tuesday’s result was a bitter outcome for Trump, a 72-year-old former reality TV star and businessman-turned-politician, after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.Down the stretch, Trump hardened his rhetoric on issues that appealed to his conservative core supporters, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed to the border with Mexico and condemnations of liberal American “mobs.”Democrats turned out in droves to register disapproval of his divisive rhetoric and policies on such issues as immigration and his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.A record number of women ran for office this election, many of them Democrats turned off by Trump’s policy agenda.The election results mean Democrats will resume House control in January for the first time since the 2010 election, beginning a split-power arrangement with the Republican-led Senate that may force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions and focus on issues with bipartisan support, such as an infrastructure improvement package or protections against prescription drug price increases.It also will test Trump’s ability to compromise, something he has shown little interest in over the last two years with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.The loss of power will test Trump’s political hold on House Republicans, most of whom had pledged their support for him lest they face the wrath of the party’s core supporters, who remain in his corner.Democrats celebrate after gubernatorial candidate Laura Kelly wins against Kris Kobach at her election night party in Topeka, Kansas, US on 6 November. Photo: Reuters Tag: USA, Democrats, Donald Trump, Barac ObamaMost Democratic candidates in tight races stayed away from harsh criticism of Trump during the campaign’s final stretch, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like keeping down healthcare costs, maintaining insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.The final weeks before the election were marked by the mailing of pipe bombs to his top political rivals, with a political fan of Trump arrested and charged, and the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in which 11 people died, sparking a debate about Trump’s biting rhetoric and whether it encouraged extremists.In the House, Democrats picked up seats across the map, ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in suburban Virginia and sending Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under president Bill Clinton, to the House in south Florida.In the Senate, where Republicans were heavily favored to keep control heading into Tuesday’s voting, Republican Mike Braun captured incumbent Joe Donnelly’s seat in Indiana and Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.Some of the biggest Democratic stars of the campaign season were struggling. Liberal House member Beto O’Rourke became a national sensation with his underdog US Senate campaign but fell short in conservative Texas, and Andrew Gillum was trailing Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the key swing state of Florida.Incumbent Democratic senator Joe Manchin won a hotly contested race in conservative West Virginia, and conservative Marsha Blackburn held a Senate seat for Republicans.Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 Democratic presidential contender, and Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential nominee in 2016, easily won re-election, news networks projected. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown was projected to hold his seat in Ohio.All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs.last_img

Kim Moon Pledge End To Korean War And Denuclearization Of Peninsula

first_imgKorea Summit Press Pool via APHand out, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un approaches South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone on Friday.Updated at 5:05 a.m. ETFollowing a historic meeting between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the leaders appeared side by side to make an extraordinary announcement: The two nations — technically in a state of war for more than six decades — would work toward a permanent peace treaty and the elimination of nuclear weapons from the peninsula.“I am very proud to say that I pay tribute to the bold and courageous decision taken by Chairman Kim,” Moon said, saying the two sides had agreed to a peace treaty and the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula.“We have long hoped for this moment to arrive,” Kim, standing next to Moon, said.“We are not people who should be confronting each other,” the North Korean leader said. “We should be living in unity.”While the agreement contains lofty language, it will be up to diplomats, bureaucrats and militaries on both sides to work through specific steps to reach those goals. And the effort will require detailed negotiation between both Koreas and the United States, which could take months, if not years, to conclude.For now, the agreement mentions denuclearization but doesn’t offer specific steps, which will lead to a lot of skepticism about how committed the North is given its past abandonment of denuclearization agreements.The day began with a handshake that symbolized hope that two Koreas could create a lasting rapprochement.Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty ImagesAfter crossing the demarcation line, Kim and Moon walk to the official welcome hall for the first North-South summit in more than a decadeKim, flanked by bodyguards in matching black suits, stepped out of a building on the northern side of the village of Panmunjom, where the two sides ended the Korean War in 1953 with a simple truce, but no broader peace treaty. Notably absent in this shared security zone were the dozens of armed soldiers who typically stand guard near the military demarcation line.Two previous summits, in 2000 and 2007, were unable to make progress on the most pressing issue — the North’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.The nuclear question looms even larger this time around — in the past year, Pyongyang has not only demonstrated its ability to produce such weapons but also the potential to deliver them via long-range ballistic missiles that can reach as far as the continental United States.The Blue House, South Korea’s presidential residence, said the two leaders had a “frank discussion” in a morning session, which included the subject of denuclearization.A year of especially serious tensions leading up to Friday was followed by a sudden thaw and an offer by Kim in recent weeks to meet with President Trump. Mere months ago, the two leaders were trading insults and threatening to wage war. However, the White House appears to be taking Kim’s offer seriously and the two men could meet as soon as next month.At Panmunjom, Kim and Moon smiled and exchanged greetings.Moon, on the south side of the border, walked over to meet Kim so that their handshake could be photographed at the symbolic military demarcation line that divides the North from South.In the meticulously choreographed ceremony, hands clasped and Moon invited Kim over an ankle-high concrete barrier that divides the two countries — the first time the North Korean leader — or any North Korean leader — had ever set foot in the South.Then Kim gestured to Moon to take a step into the North, which the South Korean leader did. The presidential office later said that the unscripted moment came after Moon said he wanted to visit North Korea someday. Kim reacted quickly by offering to have him step right over to the northern side for a few moments, before they crossed back over to the South, hand in hand.They walked side by side down a red carpet, observed a brightly-colored traditional Korean honor guard ceremony, before proceeding into the three-story Peace House for their summit.Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty ImagesKim and Moon continue their visit after posing for photos in front of a picture of North Korea’s Mount Geumgangsan, which has special significance for all Koreans.Entering the Peace House, Kim wrote in the guest book: “New history starts from now, at the historic starting point of an era of peace.”The pair posed for photos in front of a picture of North Korea’s Mount Geumgangsan, which has special significance for all Koreans dating to before the Middle Ages.Kim Yong Chol, the head of North Korea’s national intelligence service, began clapping and others from both sides joined in.“It feels embarrassing to be applauded just for shaking hands,” the North Korean leader said, but acknowledged, “The norms are changing.”“Did that make for a good picture?” he asked as journalists and others laughed.Once seated inside, Kim quipped that he brought Pyongyang’s famous naengmyeon, cold noodles, “from far away,” then corrected himself to say it wasn’t so far away at all.The two leaders and their wives were expected to attend a dinner banquet Friday evening, featuring the noodles brought from the North.Even with the outward appearance of geniality, however, lingering suspicions were evident: After Moon stepped out of Peace House, two North Korean security guards swept into the lobby, sprayed the chair at the guestbook signing desk with sanitizer and wiped it down. They also cleaned the guestbook and pen with sanitizer — twice. Then the guards used electronic gear to scan the chair and signing desk.The reason? A South Korean security guard told reporters that their North Korean counterparts were checking for explosives and recording devices.After separate lunches, the two leaders commemorated the summit by shoveling soil around a pine tree and then sprinkling it with water from South Korea’s Han River and North Korea’s Taedong River.Moon and Kim then walked away from the cameras and microphones and sat at a bench to have a conversation without their aides. For much of that lengthy discussion, Kim could be seen listening intently to Moon, smiling and laughing at times.NPR news assistant Se Eun Gong contributed to this story from Ilsan, South Korea.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Researchers find dogs sensitive to small variations in Earths magnetic field

first_img More information: Frontiers in Zoology 2013, 10:80 DOI: 10.1186/1742-9994-10-80 Citation: Researchers find dogs sensitive to small variations in Earth’s magnetic field (2014, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-dogs-sensitive-small-variations-earth.html A team of researchers in the Czech Republic has found that dogs can now be added to the list of animals that are able to sense and respond to the Earth’s magnetic field. In their paper published in Frontiers in Zooology, the researchers describe field experiments they conducted that indicated that dogs prefer to defecate while in a North-South stance relative to the Earth’s axis, during times when the magnetic field is calm. Journal information: Frontiers in Zoology © 2014 Phys.org Explore further Dogs recognize familiar faces from images Intrigued by the growing list of animals that appear to have a magnetic sensitivity, the researchers focused on dogs to see if they too had any such abilities. After some initial observations, the team began to notice a pattern of behavior related to stance during defecation—that was enough to embark on some field studies.The field studies were conducted in an open field so as to ensure that the dogs weren’t being impacted by familiar surroundings—in all 70 dogs (37 breeds) were observed circling and defecating for a total of 1,893 times. The dogs exhibited, the team reports, a very clear inclination to defecate with their bodies aligned in a North-South stance. But, more tellingly, when the magnetic field was not calm, the dogs showed no such preference, suggesting that when there is a clear magnetic field, dogs can feel it, and for unexplained reasons, prefer to align themselves in a certain posture.The team also found that freedom was a factor—dogs on leashes didn’t appear to have as much of an inclination to align themselves in any particular direction as did dogs who were allowed to roam free in a field as they did their business.No one can say for sure why dogs might prefer to align themselves in a particular direction when defecating, of course, though the researchers suggest they might simply feel more comfortable. They note that their study also found that the dogs tended to intentionally avoid crouching in an East-West, alignment, perhaps finding it the most uncomfortable of all. Their study, they say, is the first to conclusively show that dogs have magnetic sensitivity.Other studies have found that other animals, such as cattle, deer, foxes, birds and even some species of fish adjust their actions according to the Earth’s magnetic field, though how they do so is still unclear in most instances. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Google Just Made Glass More Useful Less Dorky

first_imgJanuary 28, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1 min read For all its coolness, Google Glass is a somewhat awkward-looking device. If you’ve been lucky enough to see one of the many Google Glass-wearing techies strolling around places like New York City and San Francisco, then you know they tend to stick out like a sore thumb.But it looks like that’s about to change.Google has announced something called the Titanium Collection. It’s a new line of Google Glass that come with prescription glasses and sunglasses. In other words, Glass just got a whole lot more useful and stylish.Related: More People to Get Google Glass as Explorer Program ExpandsThe Titanium Collection will include four frame shapes in gray with subtle accent colors inside the frames. Each will cost $225. Google also plans on adding three options for sunglasses which will cost $150 each.And if you need prescription lenses and have vision insurance, your policy might even help cover your new frames, Google says. Related: 10 Reasons Why Google Glass Is Doomedcenter_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Organic Baby Food Market to Witness an Outstanding Growth by 2023

first_imgAccording to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Organic Baby Food Market by Product and Mode of sale: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023, the organic baby food market was valued at $5,834 million in 2016, and is projected to reach at $11,592 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 10.15% from 2017 to 2023. Europe is expected to be the leading contributor to the global organic baby food market, followed by Asia-Pacific and North America.Download sample report of Organic Baby Food Market : https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/organic-baby-food-marketRise in parental concerns with respect to babys health and nutrition, increase in awareness about benefits of organic products, eco-friendly farming techniques, rise in disposable income of consumers, growth in standard of living encourages the adoption of organic baby food products, and improved distribution channels in the industry drive the organic baby food market growth. However, premium price and certain government regulations for the approval of organic food & beverage hamper the organic baby food market growth. Various government initiatives and investment of government and private investors in the organic baby food industry are expected to provide numerous growth opportunities for the global organic baby food market. Moreover, increase in working women and growth of nuclear families have led to the adoption of organic baby food products.Send Enquiry on this report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/2243In 2016, the prepared organic baby food segment accounted for the maximum revenue share in the overall organic baby food industry due to the convenience in usage and time saving factor for preparation of the food product. Moreover, prepared baby food products, such as purees and vegetable & fruit blends, are available in variety of flavors, such as mango, banana, peach, and others thereby providing taste and nutrition. Moreover, the other organic baby foods, such as puffs, rusks, and biscuits are expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.93% during the forecast period. The prepared organic baby food market is expected to grow, owing to the benefits of these food products in terms of nutritional value.The offline segment accounted for the maximum share in the global organic baby food market with around 81.55% in 2016. Offline stores, such as supermarkets and hypermarkets, are mostly preferred by the costumers to purchase organic food products. However, the trend is shifting toward purchasing products online due to ease and convenience provided by these online portals. The online mode of sale is expected to grow at a CAGR OF 12.94% during the forecast period.Direct Purchase on this Report@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/checkout/615190Europe accounted for the major share of the global organic baby food market in 2016, and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period, owing to health-conscious costumers and demand for chemical-free baby food products. Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest rate due to rise in birth rates and growth in awareness related to beneficial effects of these food products.Key Findings of the Organic Baby Food Market:In 2016, the offline mode of sale segment accounted for the maximum revenue, and is projected to grow at a notable CAGR of 9.4% during the forecast period.The organic infant milk formula market accounted for 12.2% share in the global organic baby food market.China is the major shareholder in the Asia-Pacific organic baby food market, accounting for more than 28% share in 2016.The key players profiled in the organic baby food market include Abbott laboratories, Nestl S. A, Hero Group, Amara Organics, Danone, Plum organics, The Hein celestial group, North Castle Partners, LLC. HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG, and Baby Gourmet Foods Inc. Market players have adopted various strategies, such as product launch, collaboration & partnership and acquisition, to expand their foothold in the market.About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business-consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Biometric Information Privacy Act It is now illegal for Amazon Facebook or

first_imgOn 25th January, the Illinois Supreme Court passed a unanimous ruling which states that, when companies collect biometric data like fingerprints or face prints without informed opt-in consent, they can be sued. This can be done even without proof of concrete injuries- like identity fraud or physical harm. The law known as the Biometric Information Privacy Act, requires that companies explicitly inform a person about what biometric data they will collect, and also how the data will be stored and utilized by the company. The data includes information like fingerprints, facial scans, iris scans, or other biological information. Next, the company has to obtain prior consent from that person before capturing these details. A point to be noted here is that, while other states only allow attorneys general to sue companies, the Illinois BIPA law gives individuals the right to sue companies. Afterwhich, they can collect damages of $1,000 (the amount increases to $5,000, if the court finds a company deliberately or recklessly flouted the law). Six Flags v Rosenbach According to FastCompany, the decision was taken in a landmark lawsuit against the theme park Six Flags, who recorded the thumbprint of a 14-year-old boy without notice or written consent, while issuing him a season pass in 2014. Six Flags did not notify the boy or his mother, Stacy Rosenbach, about obtaining his fingerprints. She sued Six Flags for violation of the BIPA law and in its defense, Six Flags made the case that because Rosenbach couldn’t demonstrate that taking his fingerprints had done any “harm” to the boy (example: no data breach or security problem), the company wasn’t liable for damages. According to the Electronic Frontier foundation, “EFF, along with ACLU, CDT, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, PIRG, and Lucy Parsons Labs, filed an amicus curiae brief urging the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt a robust interpretation of BIPA. The Illinois Supreme Court agreed with us and soundly rejected the defendants’ argument that BIPA required a person to show an injury beyond loss of statutory privacy rights”.  On Friday the state’s Supreme Court ruled that Six Flags had, indeed, violated the law and would need to pay the boy damages, in spite of no “harm” shown. The ruling comes as an example in Illinois that if a company violates a citizen’s privacy without any prior notice or consent and the citizen sues, the plaintiff doesn’t need to demonstrate an additional harm for the law to protect the user. BIPA sets an example for similar lawsuits The Six Flags ruling builds a stronger case for other ongoing lawsuits, including one against Facebook in which consumers claimed that Facebook violated a state privacy law by using facial recognition technology on their uploaded photographs without their consent. Facebook is fighting back by saying consumers should have to show that the lawbreaking practice caused ‘additional harm’ beyond a mere violation. Google also faced a similar lawsuit on Thursday, where two Illinois residents allege that the company “failed to obtain consent from anyone when it introduced its facial recognition technology.” Just last month, Google won the dismissal of a lawsuit it has been facing since 2016 for allegedly scanning and saving the biometric data of a woman, captured unwillingly in 11 photos taken on Android by a Google Photos user. As per Bloomberg, the lawsuit was dismissed by a judge in Chicago, who found that the plaintiff didn’t suffer “concrete injuries”. Senior staff counsel Rebecca Glenberg of the ACLU of Illinois, said in a statement that  “Your biometric information belongs to you and should not be left to corporate interests who want to collect detailed information about you for advertising and other commercial purposes.” What does this mean to the tech industry? According to Illinois.org, while facial recognition technology and biometric does have the potential to simplify life of citizens, the BIPA may affect technological innovation overall. The litigation may have the potential to drive up costs- on both ends of the spectrum. Businesses like Apple, who have demonstrated the importance of biometric technology, will have to take extra precautions to comply with the BIPA. In case the law is violated, there is the expense of class-action lawyers and litigants. They may simply decide against hiring people in Illinois because of the expense and hassle. It would be interesting to see companies coming up with a kind of framework that would safeguard them against violation of the BIPA as well as put citizens at rest about the way their data is handled/used. You can head over to Electronic Frontier Foundation’s official post for more insights on this news. Read Next ACLU files lawsuit against 11 federal criminal and immigration enforcement agencies for disclosure of information on government hackingThe district of Columbia files a lawsuit against Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica scandalIBM faces age discrimination lawsuit after laying off thousands of older workers, Bloomberg reportslast_img read more

Princess announces largestever deployment to Alaska in 2019

first_img Posted by SANTA CLARITA, CA — Princess Cruises, which has been sailing to Alaska for 50 years, has announced its largest deployment ever to ‘the Great Land’ in 2019, featuring the debut of Royal Princess and a special anniversary incentive.Seven Princess Cruises ships will sail to Alaska with the inaugural season of Royal Princess, bringing the largest Princess ship ever to the region. In addition, 76% of all voyages will sail to Glacier Bay National Park, and to enhance the cruise experience even further, guests can also choose from more than 23 cruisetours while visiting Princess Wilderness Lodges and Denali National Park.The 2019 program also features the first full season of an exclusive treehouse experience at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet’s ‘Treehouse Masters’.2019 cruises and cruisetours go on sale on Dec. 14. All guests in North America can also take advantage of a 50% reduced deposit for any 2019 Alaska voyage in celebration of the cruise line’s 50th anniversary in the region.“Our upcoming 2019 Alaska season marks our 50th year taking guests to this bucket-list destination, that for most is a life-changing experience offering breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring moments,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “In 1969, Princess Italia was our first ship to bring 525 passengers to Alaska. In 2019, we will mark another milestone by bringing Royal Princess, our largest ship ever deployed to this region, with more than 3,500 guests.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaHighlights of the 2019 May-September Alaska program include:CRUISES:Voyage of the Glaciers – Princess’ most popular sailings between Vancouver and Whittier feature two glacier-viewing experiences on every voyage, visits to Glacier Bay National Park, plus either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. These seven-day cruises are offered aboard royal Princess and Golden Princess (departing Saturdays) and Coral Princess and Island Princess (departing Wednesdays).Inside Passage – Seven-, 10- and 12-day roundtrip voyages from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles will feature the Inside Passage.CRUISETOURS:In 2019, Princess offers more than 23 cruisetours in Alaska. Guests can combine a seven-day ‘Voyage of the Glaciers’ cruise with three- to eight nights on land with stays at Princess Wilderness Lodges, exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service, plus visits to Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park. They can also purchase a pre-paid meal package for the land portion.There are four cruisetour categories:Denali Explorer – As Princess’ most popular and best value cruisetour, these itineraries feature multiple nights at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and/or Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, with most offering Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service between the ship in Whitter and the Denali area all in one day.On Your Own – This affordable option offers a flexible way to see Alaska, with tours following similar routes as Denali Explorer but without inclusions like pre-planned excursions.Off the Beaten Path – These itineraries go beyond Denali to remote regions of the state such as the Kenai Peninsula and Wrangell-St. Elias national Park and Preserve.Connoisseur – The line’s highest level of service, these tours include a professional tour director, most meals and enhanced sightseeing. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Travelweek Group Princess announces largest-ever deployment to Alaska in 2019center_img Share Tags: Alaska, Princess Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Hurry up and book Collettes flash sale on Italy

first_img MISSISSAUGA — Collette has launched a new week-long flash sale on tours to Italy, with prices starting at $1,719 per person.Running until Feb. 12, the sale applies to the following tours: Italian vistas; Italy’s Bella Vita; Italy’s Treasures; Reflections of Italy; Rome & Amalfi Coast; Shrines of Italy; Southern Italy & Sicily; Spotlight on Rome; Spotlight on Tuscany; Tuscany & Umbrian Countryside; Venice Florence and Rome.Agents must mention code ITALYSAVE10 to receive 10% off land-only pricing. Valid for new bookings made from Feb. 2-12 for travel on any Italy tour departing in 2018. Offer is not available for groups or combinable with any other offers.“We’re offering some amazing deals in conjunction with our 100th year celebration for agents to pass along to their clients,” said Courtney Iannuccilli, Vice President of Marketing. “Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world!”For reservations call 1-800-468-5955. Offer not available online. Posted by Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Travelweek Group Hurry up and book Collette’s flash sale on Italycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Collette Sharelast_img read more